Japanese Lower Intermediate - Year 2 Short Courses
Taught mostly in Japanese, this is course for lower intermediate students running once a week in central London. It is a follow-up to Japanese Beginners (Year 1) for those wishing to consolidate both active and passive skills for the purpose of practical communication.
If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Japanese, you can join the Japanese Intermediate class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can either do this by contacting us on 020 7040 8268 or by checking your level using our online guidelines.
We aim to learn 100 kanji before the end of term 2. The Japanese Intermediate course is quite intensive and it is essential to do homework at least 2 hours per week.
|Start Date||Start Time||Duration||Cost||Course Code||Apply|
|Thursday 4 October 2012||19:00 - 21:00||10 classes over 1 term||£195.00 (Module 1)||CE1856||Enrollment Closed|
|Thursday 24 January 2013||19:00 - 21:00||10 classes over 1 term||£195.00 (Module 2)||CE1856||Apply Now|
|Thursday 2 May 2013||19:00 - 21:00||10 classes over 1 term||£195.00 (Module 3)||CE1856||Apply Now|
|Thursday 4 October 2012||19:00 - 21:00||30 classes over 3 terms||£500.00 (All Modules)||CE1856||Enrollment Closed|
Takayuki Ogura has extensive experience in dealing with business people, in particular employees of banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. He is also an examiner in Japanese for the OCR.
You should have one of the following:
- approx 50-60 hrs prior formal study
- successfully completed Japanese Beginners - Year 1
- be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself (your nationality, where you work, where you live etc.); be able to talk about your daily activities and your hobbies; order in a café; describe a place and give directions; say what you like or dislike; have a good knowledge of present regular and irregular verbs, prepositions, possessive pronouns and common adverbs of frequency; have some notions of the past tense, the 'near past' (I've just…) and future tenses (I am going to/I will)
- a (good but) rusty Japanese GCSE.
If you wish to join this course in January, please check your level before enrolling.
What will I learn?
Module 1 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 10-19). We will quickly revise grammar points from Japanese Beginners (Year 1) and then develop more communication skills in Japanese. The textbook only uses Japanese characters, so you will need to be able to read and write in Japanese before joining this course; or you will need to catch up during this term.
Module 2 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 20-25). We will learn colloquial form in order to talk with your Japanese friends more naturally. You will do more listening practice from oral conversations, from films and drama in natural speed.
Module 3 will cover topics including: talking about people (descriptions and personalities), memories, wishes and hopes and the target country's culture.
The following grammar points will be revised: the present tense, past tenses and the present conditional.
Teaching and Assessment
The course will include formative evaluation (to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses), an oral presentation and continuous support from your tutor. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.
Lesson 8-25 are covered in the textbook Minna no Nihongo 1 ISBN 4-88319-102-8.
Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from the University bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.
At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.